What Happened on December 22

Historical Events

  • 1790 Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92)
  • 1877 Thomas Edison's phonograph is announced by Scientific American

Dec 22 in Film & TV

  • 1932 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

Dec 22 in Music

  • 1894 Claude Debussy's first orchestral masterpiece "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

Dec 22 in Sport

  • 1894 United States Golf Association forms in New York

Did You Know?

Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio

On December 22, 1956

Would You Believe?

The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second

On December 22, 1849

Famous Weddings

  • 1882 Australian soprano Nellie Melba (21) weds Charles Nesbitt Frederick Armstrong in Brisbane; separate in 1883, marriage dissolved in 1900
  • 1915 Biologist Alexander Fleming (34) weds Sara McElroy
  • 1936 Austrian-American filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus; divorce in 1946

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

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